Ardmore has yet to be fully immersed in summer’s loving embrace, but that does not mean a little water recreation is not in order.
The Ardmore Parks and Recreation Department opened the city’s four splash pads at the beginning of the month, and is making final preparations to open the Ardmore Community Water Park. Parks and Rec Interim Director Teresa Ervin said the water park will open Saturday for the summer season, which runs through Aug. 2.
City crews have been working on the park for a month. This year, customers will have two new pavilions available during open hours for parties within the park. Located on the east side of the water park in the grass, the pavilions can be rented for $25. As can be expected, pool rental parties have been a huge draw for residents. The park began with 72 slots, which have nearly been filled.
“We do have three open slots for parties,” Ervin said. “The number of parties were increased this year because there is an extra month in May.”
Park hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Hours on Tuesday are 12:30 to 7 p.m. because of the special two-for Tuesday offer. Admission on that day is $2 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Normal fees are $5 for 12 years and up, $4 for kids 3 years old to 12, and ages 2 and under are free.
Season pool passes are available at the parks and rec office. A pass for ages 3 to 12 is $80, and 12 years and up is $100. A family pass for a family of five residing in the same residence is $250, with an additional $55 for each additional person.
Ervin said the city will offer swimming lessons using Red Cross curriculum, which, in effect, has resulted in the hiring of more employees at the water park. There are 15 lifeguards staffed, as well as six cashiers, six instructors and three instructor aides.
The city’s four splash pads are located at Broadlawn Park, Central Park, Douglass Park and Whittington Park. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday.